Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino's super star for May knows the true meaning of volunteerism.
Mari Garcia of Washington Union High School spent more than 250 hours at Community Regional Medical Center.
After all that time Garcia discovered she doesn't want to be a doctor, she wants to be a lawyer.
Garcia is a motivated senior at Washington Union. She's valedictorian for the Class of 2018. Last summer she was one of nine
Central Valley students who participated in a biomedical research internship program. Superintendent Yovino is in awe.
"This kid is amazing. You are one of the most articulate young ladies I've ever spoken with."
But Garcia says after struggling with an AP biology class she realized she's not cut out for medicine.
"I spent a lot of time thinking whether I wanted to go into medicine or law and this year I got to work with a lawyer and talked to him
at length at what he does and how he got to where he is and really that's why my passion is."
Yovino says community service plays a big role in his monthly selection of a super star. Garcia has logged more than 250 hours at CRMC
this year alone. "You're one of the best I've ever celebrated. I'm so proud. Congratulations to you and to Washington Union High School"
Garcia will attend Fresno State in the fall. It's the next step in her path to becoming an attorney.
"It' means a lot. It's a validation of all the work I've put into definitely but it's also a big motivator to focus on my studies because there's
a lot more to come."
This summer Garcia will receive a national award in Dallas for her volunteer work in the medical field.